Tuesday, March 29, 2011
A Feminist Interlude: Sometimes Even Goddesses Have to Sing the Blues
Nina Paley's Sita Sings the Blues is an animated film that retells the Ramayana from the viewpoints of Sita, the aforementioned artist, and arguably also the great jazz singer Annette Hanshaw. It is almost five years old now and so hardly new, but it is so wonderfully creative that I hate to think anybody might have missed hearing about it. I use it in my Major World Religions class (a freshman-level introduction) to give students a glimpse into Hindu cosmology and hopefully to hook their curiosity so they will go learn more about the film and the Ramayana. The film has been released at the website for free viewing and downloading. Enjoy!